Yas Island is a leisure and entertainment district being developed in Abu
Dhabi, UAE. Aldar Properties is
the developer of the $40bn artificial
island project. It is expected to attract 300,000 visitors a day.
Island's development was announced in 2006 and it was first opened to public
in November 2009. It
won the Leading Tourism Project from the World
Travel Awards, in the same year.
Yas Island leisure and entertainment district master plan and
Master plan of the 2,500ha leisure island was
designed by Benoy. It has a beach front shoreline of about
island is strategically located in proximity to Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
It is connected to the mainland through the 1.1km Yas Tunnel road and
highways. The master plan
includes several tourist attractions, business
hubs and entertainment venues.
Yas Island is being developed in three phases with complete essential
utilities and infrastructure. The
entire development is scheduled for
completion in 2018.
The first phase of the project was opened to host the first F1 Etihad
Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in
November 2009. It involved completion of
the 5.5km Yas Marina Circuit, seven hotels and Yas Links Golf